Identity and the Other

It just occurred to me after rereading Ryszard Kapuscinski’s “The Other” – that the fear of the other is fear of looking at oneself. Without the Other the self would need no defining and the more we expose ourselves to the Other the more multifaceted and interesting and vibrant we become. What a great way of looking at it.

Or put it this way: our own identity only exists through the existence of “other” – otherwise there is no reason to define yourself if there is no ‘setting apart FROM’.